Socks with Sarah: Kitchener Stitch the Toe

I woke up bright (really, it was very, very dark) & early this morning to get the final video tutorial uploaded as well as catch up on Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group. I had a couple new KAL knitters to add to the master list — welcome! and yes, you can still join! — as well get that Resource Thread all linked up. Of course, I had to partake in some general chat, too. Oftentimes during a day I will hop on to read the comments, but don’t have the chance to respond right away so I pop on when I can — usually when it is very, very dark outside –when I can steal a few moments to type away. I’m so glad for those moments as this group is really so much fun & just full of great ideas!

Today, though, I am here to post the final video tutorial for the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Sock in 2 Gauges: the Kitchener stitch. I must confess that I love the Kitchener stitch. I love doing it, I loved teaching it — I just love it. It is one of those knitting techniques that in the beginning always feels like you have to remember just one too many details to succeed — kind of like you are walking a tightrope while trying to steady a spinning plate on your head. Clear your mind, remain calm, follow the instructions, find your rhythm, and you’ll discover that there is a beautiful harmony to it. It’s like learning a dance and once you get the hang of it — it’s like your feet don’t even have to touch the ground. It also creates a bulk-less, smooth end to your sock’s toe, so flowery words aside & even if you aren’t quite as smitten as I am, it’s worth the effort for that perfectly comfy toe.

Without further ado, here’s how to finish off your Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Sock.

And there’s that toe…


And a  finished sock?

20140126-100543.jpgCONGRATULATIONS!  You did it!  And here’s to many more!

Are you dreaming of that next sock yet? I know I am. In fact, I may have started a new one last night…

20140203-070544.jpgI just couldn’t help myself. Another Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Sock, on the road to warming my husband’s feet. Thanks to the inspiration of the Socks with Sarah KAL I think 2014 is going to be a great year for socks!

3 thoughts on “Socks with Sarah: Kitchener Stitch the Toe”

  1. Do you have a video of how to do short rows? Lol. Just started a pattern where the heel is done with short rows. I’ve never done it before. Eeeeekkkkk

    1. I don’t yet have a video specifically for short rows, but the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas sock does use short rows for the heel turn (after the heel flap). I’m not sure if that will help or not, but you can find that here:

      It kind of depends how the pattern is written because short rows can be done a number of ways. You can also check this free Craftsy tutorial which has a few short row options:

      Hope this helps!

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